February 21, 2017
Daniel Hadley, Director of Data Innovation, Sorenson Impact Center
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Sorenson Impact Center Announces Awardees for Pay for Success Data Grant
With support from the Social Innovation Fund, Sorenson Impact awards $750,000 in data assistance to social service projects across the nation
SALT LAKE CITY—The Sorenson Impact Center, a grantee of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF), today announced three awardees that will receive tailored data services in support of Pay for Success projects. The awardees include Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Northwest Oregon Kinder Ready Collaboration and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.
President and CEO of Sorenson Impact, Jeremy Keele, said, “We are proud to offer our specialized data services to these top organizations. It’s an honor to collaborate in services that will directly benefit individuals experiencing homelessness, low income preschool age children and youth grappling with joblessness across our country.”
Pay for Success (PFS) is an innovative financing mechanism where the end-payor (e.g., the local government, a healthcare provider, etc.) pays for services only when an intervention delivers agreed-upon, positive outcomes. The intervention’s outcomes are measured by a third-party evaluator who reports what impacts have been achieved, such as lower rates of children needing special education, lower rates of recidivism or lower rates of homelessness, among many other measurable outcomes.
One such project is being developed by awardee Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago (CCAC). CCAC’s project will address chronic homelessness through its New Hope Apartments program, designed to end the cycle of homelessness in Illinois’ Cook and Lane counties. The intervention provides rapid rehousing paired with intensive case management services for families experiencing homelessness with children under the age of 18, regardless of religious, ethnic or economic background.
Meanwhile, the Northwest Oregon Kinder Ready Collaboration is working to develop a program that will expand access to, and improve the quality of, preschool programming in Oregon’s Clatsop and Tillamook counties. The program’s target population is preschoolers that qualify for free and reduced lunch, those who fall just above the income threshold to qualify for free and reduced lunch and those who are English learners.
Down the Pacific coast in California, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is developing a youth workforce development project with Second Chance, a nonprofit service provider. Second Chance specializes in job training and support services for justice-involved populations in San Diego, including wrap-around services to help participants reach self-sufficiency, such as transitional housing, behavioral health treatment and financial literacy.
The SIF designed the Administrative Data Pilot Grant competition to select organizations with PFS projects necessitating access to high-quality, affordable data. Lois Nembhard, acting director of the SIF, said, “Learning from our grantees’ experiences, gathering data for evaluation purposes has been notoriously difficult. Through this grant, the Sorenson Impact data team will help programs overcome these barriers.”
The SIF, established in 2009, has grown into nearly a $1 billion social impact incubator within the federal government, creating public-private partnerships that deliver high-impact, community-based solutions that work. As a result of $341 million in federal grants and more than $672 million in non-federal match commitments, the SIF has awarded 51 grants to grant-making institutions supporting more than 490 non-profits working in 46 states and D.C.
To its awardees, Sorenson Impact will provide full data diagnosis and technical assistance for each program and will develop the requisite data access agreements, software tools for cleaning and merging data, legal and regulatory analyses to provide guidance on data privacy questions and thorough statistical analyses geared toward facilitating high-quality PFS projects.
Daniel Hadley, Sorenson Impact’s director of data innovation said, “We are eager to help these deserving awardees tackle data projects in order to reach their goals and make an outsized impact in their communities.” Hadley continued, “We will be offering tailored assistance, such as helping access data in multiple organizations’ databases, helping design useful reporting systems and shaping legal and technical policies to ensure a smooth program launch for each awardee.”
On March 1, 2017, Sorenson Impact will re-open the grant competition for its second round. Applications will be accepted from all eligible organizations (i.e., nonprofit organizations, public or nonprofit universities, state and local governments, tribes, as well as faith-based organizations) operating in the U.S. that are actively involved with a PFS project.
About the Social Innovation Fund
The Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts. SIF positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—using public and private resources to find and grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of results. The Social Innovation Fund focuses on overcoming challenges confronting low-income Americans in three areas of priority need: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. To learn more, visit www.nationalservice.gov/sif
About the Sorenson Impact Center
The Sorenson Impact Center is a think-and-do tank that marshals capital for social good, empowers data-driven programs, breaks down silos across sectors, and equips the next generation of leaders with social purpose.